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The richest and most prestigious offshore tournament on the East Coast is set for August 19-24.

By Jeff Merrill  |  August 13, 2018
The crew of Waste Knot earned $796,509 for their first place white marlin in last year’s MidAtlantic.

In less than a week the best big game fishing teams from the Atlantic and Gulf coasts will gather for the 2018 MidAtlantic and indications are this year’s tournament could rank among the best ever. Pre-registration is well ahead of last year and preparations are in full swing to accommodate the crews and boats at the tournament’s home port, Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey and its official satellite port, Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland where participants will spend the week of August 19-24 pursuing a portion of the estimated cash purse of well over $3 million! Various levels of calcuttas will compile the prize money to award cash prizes for white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin which are weighed-in while additional release Calcuttas are also available for white marlin and blue marlin released. To win cash all white marlin and blue marlin must weigh 65 and 400 pounds respectively and tuna must weigh 50 pounds. There is no minimum weight for wahoo or dolphin.

Keep in mind the 2018 MidAtlantic is accessible through the South Jersey Tournaments App. Be sure to download this free app today for your IOS or Android device from the Apple App and Google Play stores so you can follow all the action all week long! For those looking to register before the tournament you can visit the tournament’s official web site at www.themidatlantic.com and click on the registration tab in the top right corner. Here you can also reserve dockage space, enter various Calcuttas and manage boat, angler and crew profiles. Participants can also enter the tournament and sign up for the various Calcuttas during registration at either host marina on Sunday, August 19 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

While the action can get intense offshore with boats fishing three out of five days available Monday through Friday during the tournament, non-fishing days, or Lay Days, give crews a chance to regroup and catch up on boat and tackle maintenance while also enjoying the local sites and attractions both venues have to offer. In fact, the MidAtlantic has always been a family-friendly event where spouses and children are equally welcome to partake in festivities including the dinners and entertainment each host marina provides. In Cape May, the Big Top tent is the focal point for tournament participants and the Sponsor’s Midway offers an opportunity to see the latest products and discuss available services the tournament’s sponsors provide. Additionally, the Mega-Marlin Raffle returns this year and will benefit The Billfish Foundation. Tickets for a wide assortment of prizes including fishing and boating gear, artwork and jewelry will be available for purchase at both venues and prizes will be drawn each night during the tournament.

Time is short so act today to be part of sport fishing’s “Main Event” held each summer. You’ll have a fun time with the entire family, will no doubt catch a few fish during the week and might even be part of the winners sharing in a multi-million dollar cash purse!

For further information please contact Tournament Director Aaron Hoffman and for sponsorship information contact Walt Rosenberg at 609-884-0177 or visit the tournament’s extensive web site at www.themidatlantic.com where you’ll find a complete rundown of the event’s rules, schedule and Calcutta breakdown and you can also download a tournament eBrochure and entry form and also find the link for online registration.